The Department of Agriculture and Markets announced yesterday that Preble Hill Farms will be granted $2 million from the state, part of an $8.5 million package given to five dairy farms statewide to prepare them for the next generation of their industry.
The grants are meant to support conservation easement projects on the farms. Dairy farmers continue to face challenges from low milk prices and other issues preventing them from making their business profitable.
These hardships have increased the growing threats of outside parties seeking to convert viable agricultural land into non-agricultural development projects.
This Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program works to help dairy farms diversify their operations and transition themselves into the next generation of farming at a more affordable cost.
The state continues to accept applications on a rolling basis for farmland protection grants of up to $2 million from eligible entities, such as land trusts, municipalities, counties, and soil and water conservation districts.
There is no application deadline.